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The Incredible Story of How a Couple Got Married on a Runway at Detroit's Metro Airport

October 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's not every day you see a wedding at an airport, but they do happen. Hey, those chapels are there for more than just a few minutes of pre-flight prayer. Still, it's even rarer to have an entire wedding ceremony out on the airport tarmac itself. In fact, it may have only happened once: last week, at Detroit-Metro Airport.

The nuptials of Joe and Ilona occurred smack dab on runway 9L at DTW, their "I dos" delivered with a soundtrack of jet engine noise as aircraft continued to take off and land on a nearby runway.

A wedding this like may never happen again, and for the details on why exactly the couple chose Detroit Airport for their special day, and how this all came to be, we spoke with the best man, also the Airport Authority's Public Affairs Manager, Scott W.:

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MEGA Photo Gallery: 77 Pics of EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777 Party

September 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang

In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.

"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777:

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11 Incredible Facts About EVA Air's New 'Hello Kitty' Airplane

September 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's not every day you see dancing on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, but when that dancing is to celebrate the arrival of a Hello Kitty-themed airplane, it's completely warranted.

Slipping into a gate alongside the tails of 787s, 747-8s and A380s yesterday was EVA Air's brand new Boeing 777-300ER, its body painted all over with the cheery cartoons of Sanrio's Hello Kitty and friends.

Over 70 Hello Kitty enthusiasts were on the inaugural flight, joined by a troupe of Hello Kitty dancers, characters, artists and Hello Kitty's creator herself, Yuko Yamaguchi. The arrival marks the beginning of regular, nonstop flights between LAX and Taipei-Taoyuan for this aircraft, which is arguably the most kawaii addition to aviation since Pokémon showed up on some 747s. Even as Alaska Airlines' Mickey Mouse plane passed by, all eyes remained on EVA's Kitty.

Before booking a flight, however, there's some things you should know about EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777:

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Picture This: Airport Runways as Wall Art

July 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

It doesn't matter if you're a frequent flyer or an avid armchair traveler so long as you're a lover of good design when it comes to what we've got for you. Picture this: your walls, decorated with schematics of airports, but in more of a minimalist-Apple sort of way and less back-of-the-inflight-magazine.

The Chicago-based NOMO Designs fulfills this fantasy, with the runway layout (and pertinent facts) of some 30 international airports printed in white ink on 18" x 24" steel gray sheets. The two newest? Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong. There's even a few available on T-shirts if your airport allegiance runs truly deep.

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Of Bonanzas and Blue Skies: What It's Like to Fly in a Four-Seater Airplane

July 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine having flown everywhere, but never actually anywhere. It's confusing, but it's the case for our editor, Cynthia, who recently headed out on her first private plane flight after years of commercial plane travel. Here's her story:

"It's just like driving a car," he said. "You won't ever look at flying the same way again."

Sid passed his hand down the wing, pausing here and there to look over and under, squinting with the sun's glare on what was a sparkling clear day in southern California. We were in a kind of parking lot, after all, except one that had us surrounded by private jets on the tarmac at Van Nuys Airport. And we were double-checking that all was well before setting off for a weekend trip, except that trip would be over mountains and cities in a teeny-tiny, seafoam green 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail.

This would be my first flight in a private plane.

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Heineken's Brilliant Marketing Stunt Sends Travelers on Spontaneous Trips

July 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (2)

Changing plans at the last minute is hard to do, but what if a little flexibility and some courage could turn your flight to Chicago into one destined for Chiang Mai, Thailand? All you had to do was press a button.

This was the challenge recently posed to travelers departing from New York's JFK International Airport Terminal 8, when beer company Heineken decided it was time to change some lives.

We won't spoil the results of the experiment (watch the video above), but we will admit that it's brilliant and hope it becomes a regular thing, even if only twice a year.

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Flip a Coin and Find an Airport

Where: Singapore
July 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week we detailed 21 countries that use the "dollar" other than the United States. Although they share the name of the US' money, almost all were far more colorful and richly illustrated. Indeed, travelers will be delighted to find that airports take pride of place on two currencies.

First, there's the $500 Hong Kong Dollar bill from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. You may know them better as HSBC. This note depicts a view of HK's Chek Lap Kok Airport (plus the control tower and tail of a 747) with such detail that terminal and maintenance buildings, and even aircraft taxiing to the runways, are clearly visible. Too bad they didn't throw in an easter egg, like a "Where's Waldo?"

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Who Cares About Private SUVs When You Can Take a Helicopter?

July 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Believe it or not, a few years ago there existed a helicopter transfer service from the Wall Street Heliport in New York City out to the city's airports. It was awesome. For $120 (or $99 on sale), travelers could zip from downtown to their awaiting airplane flight in 10 minutes.

And then the recession happened. US Helicopter is no more, and those big ballin' heli rides to the airports are over and done with unless you're President Obama or making it rain with thousand dollar bills.

The magic may be back, however; ride booking service Uber just announced that today (July 3) only, from 12-8pm, New Yorkers will be able to open their Uber apps and book a freakin' chopper to the Hamptons. There's just one thing: it's $3,000 one-way for five people (including Uber SUV transfers to the Manhattan heliport and from the East Hampton heliport).

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Say Hello to American Airlines' First Ever Shade of Nail Polish

June 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen some cute airplane-theme nail art in our wanderings around the internet—creativity like this and this—but never before has an airline offered to paint your nails the same color as their aircraft. That is, until American Airlines' launch of their brand new 777-300ER on the Los Angeles - London route and, with it, the creation of a nail polish with British brand Nails Inc.

The color is bespoke, the same mica shade as the fuselage of the "new American" livery. Nails Inc actually names their polishes after famous London destinations such as Notting Hill Gate, Portobello, St James, Piccadilly Circus and The Thames, but they've made an exception in this case, instead naming it "2 Park" for the oneworld alliance headquarters address in Manhattan.

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Turning a Trip Itinerary Into Jewelry is the Best Gift Idea Ever

April 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your travels included stops in NYC, Miami, LA, Sao Paulo, London, Cairo, Moscow, Bangkok, Sydney and Seoul, your piece would look like the above.

Ever try to buy a gift for a frequent traveler? It's difficult! For someone who's been around the world, or even just around the country, a soap and lotion set or scented candle is just blah. This is why we're loving Meshu, a company that interprets travel routes into geometric jewelry.

Meshu promises to "turn your places into beautiful objects," and what they mean is using your (or someone else's) plotted travel routes to generate a design that's then manufactured to become a necklace pendant, earrings or cufflinks.

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5 Real Locations in Seoul from Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Music Video Sequel, 'Gentleman'

Where: Seoul, Korea
April 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's craxy to think that it's already been 9 months since the South Korean hit song "Gangnam Style" began its viral spread and climb from K-pop success to international movement. Just as crazy is the fact that the music video holds the record of being the first YouTube video to be viewed over 1 billion times.

Last week, Psy released the sequel song and video to Gangnam Style, called it simply "Gentleman." To say it was highly anticipated would be a gross understatement, but we're happy to say that Psy hasn't let us down one bit; in fact, it's reignited our love for Seoul.

For the uninitiated, Psy is a South Korean pop star, though he's also been called a rapper. In this song and video, as in Gangnam Style, he pokes fun at the style and assumed swagger of Seoul's Gangnam-gu, a flashy district with high rents, high expectations and a focus on the high-status lifestyle. Psy traipses about the city as he thinks a gentleman would, although he's unable to part with his un-gentlemanly ways until he finds a girl who puts him in check. No amount of money or indulging in what's construed as classy can fix his pranking ways, but love can.

Without further ado, here's 5 real-life locations from the music video, "Gentleman":

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Ten Awesome Uses for a POV Camera While Traveling

March 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 with helmet mount, which we used to film the zip line POV below

There are plenty of Point-Of-View movie cameras on the market to choose from and they're truly the bee’s knees when it comes to taking and sharing action shots.

It wasn't all that long ago that travelers were limited to lugging around a bulky camcorder to capture the action-packed moments of a trip, and always from the sidelines. Thanks to constant advances in technology and the drive to decrease camera size as you increase functions, many action cameras now even have built-in WiFi, so you can gloat within minutes on social media.

Obviously we love the thought of POV time-lapse adventures and the like, but here are ten awesome uses of POV cameras while traveling:

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